LAC LA BELLE, MICHIGAN (WJMN) – The Quinn Peninsula has exceeded 300 inches of total snowfall over the winter, and more is expected, according to the Convention Bureau and Visitors of Quinn and the Quinn County Road Commission.
According to the official total amount of snowfall, the county is 300.5 ”per season. The last storm brought a winter mix of ice and about 16 inches of snow.
“If you cross the 300-inch mark, it’s a big deal,” shared Brad Barnett, executive director of the Keweenaw Convention Bureau and Visitors. “It’s 25 feet of snow in one season. And this year we have little thaw, so there is still a lot of snow on the ground. It is ideal for fans of winter sports who are looking for spring skiing, sledding and other activities.
According to Barnett, an average of 270 inches of snow falls on the Kevin Peninsula every winter. Much of this is due to Lake Superior and the phenomenon of snow with a lake effect. When cold air from Canada crosses the warm, open waters of Lake Superior, heat and moisture are transferred to the lower atmosphere, creating conditions that can generate two to three inches of snow per hour or more. On average, Keweenaw has 30 to 40 inches of snow in March and April.
Barnett said the snow in the late season brings snowmobiles from all over the Midwest looking for a final trip or run before packing up for the year.
“Spring skiing and sledding, as well as other activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, are very fun at this time of year because the days are longer and the temperatures are milder. Just watch the weather and wait for the spring conditions. “
For more information on Keweenaw snow conditions and total snow, visit www.Keweenaw.info.